The Dodge County Dairy Youth participating in the dairy project will again be recognized for their hard work at the 2013 Dodge County Dairy Youth Recognition Auction. The auction will be held on Sunday, August 18th at the Dodge County Fair in the Farm Progress Arena. The pre-sale luncheon will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m., followed by the auction at 11:30 a.m. Alice in Dairyland, Kristen (Natzke) Olson, will greet auction bidders as our 15th Anniversary Auction begins. Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair, Steffanie Koch, will join in to help us transition into the “Little Britches” event which follows the auction.
A maximum of 16 Dodge County Junior Dairy Show participants will be represented in the auction. To qualify, the youth must have won at least one of 15 classes at the 2013 Dodge County Fair. The 16th lot at the 2013 auction will be filled by a random drawing from all dairy youth exhibitors who have turned in an educational card of at least 20 points.
Live animals will NOT be sold, but rather a symbol of the sale participant’s achievements will be offered for this sale. The auction items for the 2013 sale are gift baskets representing Dodge County’s local products.
All of the money generated through the Dairy Youth Recognition Auction is carefully being allocated to help as many 4-H, FFA and junior breed organizations in the Dodge County Dairy Project as possible.
The 2012 auction averaged $1,725 returned to the participants, and a total of $6,000 in scholarships was awarded to post-high school students who attend two and four year degree programs. Winners of this year’s scholarships will be announced at the Dodge County Fair, just prior to the 2013 auction.
The list of activities receiving financial support is growing yearly and includes field trips, educational literature, Junior State Fair exhibits, dairy judging, Badger Dairy Camp and Dairy Bowl. Those dairy youth learning life skills by turning in the top 4-H record books in dairy also received $25.
Anyone interested in Dodge County Dairy Youth is qualified and encouraged to participate as a bidder at the Recognition Auction. Bidders will be provided with free gate admission for Sunday. Please RSVP to the Dodge County UW-Extension Office, (920) 386-3790 so we may better serve you.